A package of java brought down a serious case of the jitters on Cheyenne emergency officials Monday.
What city police called a "suspicious letter" sent to the mayor put the city government building on lockdown about 2 p.m. until the package was tested by emergency crews.
More than three hours later, the verdict was in: The package contained only ground coffee and creamer, said Mark Norford, division chief of prevention with the Cheyenne Fire and Rescue Department. The creamer had broken out of its packaging and was floating in the envelope, he said.
The letter was found in the mailroom of the city building at 2101 O’Neil Ave. The letter was from a coffee company addressed to Cheyenne Mayor Rick Kaysen.
Officials locked down the building, keeping about 100 employees of 11 city agencies inside. Cheyenne Fire blocked off O'Neal Avenue between 20th and 22nd streets, and hazardous materials crews entered the building to test the letter, Norford said. Those in the building were allowed to leave at 5:40 p.m., and all roads were opened minutes later.
Contacted during the lockdown, City Treasurer Lois Huff and her colleagues were trying to watch emergency crews out of a little window in her office.
"We can't see much," she said on the phone.
Huff wasn't too worried about the threat and said she was trying to "keep the mood light" in the office.
“We’ve all just been doing our work and waiting to see when we can leave,” said Wendy Kinkade, records technician with the Cheyenne City Clerk.
Kinkade said a similar incident happened a few years back.
“No one is worried,” she said during the lockdown.